Let it be known: Pastor Kevin Swanson is no Harry Potter fan. In fact, Swanson is so opposed to J.K. Rowling’s iconic series, he’d prefer that parents would drown their children instead of allowing them to read it.
Swanson, who is a pastor at the Reformation Church of Elizabeth, Colorado and also hosts a weekly radio show, blasted Harry Potter and the animated movie, How to Train Your Dragon, in a convoluted speech at the National Religious Liberties Conference on Nov. 7, Right Wing Watch reported. His issue with Potter, it seems, stemmed from Rowling’s 2007 revelation that she always thought of Dumbledore the wizard as a gay man.
“America, repent that Dumbledore emerged as a homosexual mentor for Harry Potter, that Hiccup’s mentor in ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ emerged as a homosexual himself in order that history might repeat itself one more time,” Swanson said.
The pastor went on to suggest that it would be better “that a millstone be hanged around children’s necks and they be drowned at the bottom of the sea” than “raised to be stumbled by the Dumbledore’s and by the mentors of Hiccup.”
He said, “My friends, America needs to repent…of our culture!”
The comments aren’t particularly surprising given Swanson’s history of homophobic remarks. In 2014, he slammed the producers of the Disney mega-hit, Frozen, for trying to “indoctrinate” children into being gay, and treating “homosexuality and bestiality in a light sort of way.”
“I wonder if people are thinking, ‘You know, I think this cute little movie is going to indoctrinate my 5-year-old to be a lesbian or treat homosexuality or bestiality in a light sort of way,'” he said in a radio broadcast. “I wonder if the average parent going to see ‘Frozen’ is thinking that way.”
Swanson, seriously — let it go.